Friday, July 19, 2013

Mason Jar Tote

Last winter I purchased several things at a yard sale to make over into items I could use in my home. Here is a wood (perhaps a a toy tool box?) tote that I painted, added some text that I created in PicMonkey, to make a Mason Jar Tote. I can use it to hold Mason jars that contain flatware at causal dinners, to serve drinks, or even use the Mason jars as flower vases. 






I started by painting the tool box all one color. This color will show through the finally paint coat.  



I mixed a solution of one part white glue with one part water (I used the kids craft glue) and brushed it on the tool box only where I wanted to have some crackling action



After the glue mixture dried, I painted the box with white house paint. I used an eggshell finish house paint because that is what I had. (I recommend flat finish paint or chalk paint as a better paint for this, then seal it) 



 I used sandpaper to distress it a little after it dried. Check out the crackling; sweet! 






While the paint dried I created my text in PicMonkey and printed it to fit my tool box.Then I used a soft pencil and rubbed the back of the print. 




Next I taped the print copy onto the box and traced my lines with my pencil transferring the design to the box. 

Then I cheated a little. Rather than paint it with a brush, cause I figured I would mess up a lot :)  I used a black sharpie permanent marker over all my trace lines. A paint pen would have been fabulous here! 



Then I ruffed it up with sand paper again. It made a bit of a mess smearing the black from the marker all over. I used a small artist brush to paint white over some of the smears to clean it up a little. I wanted it to look like it had been around for a long time so some smearing is fine with me. 





I like my fun 'new' reused tool box re-purposed into a Tote; it holds 6 Mason jars perfectly and I know it will be used a lot around here. My mother would have loved it! Today is her birthday; Happy Birthday mom, love you!


I link at these parties

Below are some products I thought you might like to look at. There are the tool boxes; the first one would not work for Mason jars I don't think but it's cute! Maybe the second one could hold three pint jars or try smaller 1/2 pint jars. My box dimensions are 7 3/4" wide x 12 1/2" long and 8" high. It holds 6 pint jars. Be sure to check dimensions if you plan on using the jars. There is crackle finish and paint pens and transfer paper that works great for transfer designs to wood. Yes these are affiliate links and purchasing might give me a small commission to help support this blog.  Find Mason Jars at the bottom of this post. Thank you for looking! 

 




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51 comments:

  1. How you transfered the design was cool. I would of never thought of that.

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  2. Not only does your finished project look great, but the fact those Mason jars fit perfectly is amazing! Looks like an expensive gift shop item. I was thinking it might be nice to plant herbs inside the jars - then you could tote them to follow the sun. Another really pretty, practical, and frugal project from your inventory!

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  3. My favorite part is your "Michelle's Cafe" sign. Great choice of font and making it look worn is definitely part of it's charm. Visiting via www.ritewhileucan.com where we love all things related to paper and stationery. Found you via FarmBloghop

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  4. This is SO cute!! Wish I had it at my wedding reception!

    Helen
    Blue Eyed Beauty Blog
    Exercise Encouragement GROUP Blog

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  5. I love, love this tote! I'm not all that crafty-talented, but I think I must give this one a try...especially with the great tutorial you provided! Perfect for all seasons...it looks casual for summer, then tuck autumn leaves in for fall, etc. Yay! Thanks for the inspiration. :)

    Love, Joy @ Yesterfood

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  6. Such a neat idea!! Can't wait to try this!! Pinned it! Thanks for sharing this with us at One Sharendipity Place this weekend!!

    Krys @thet2women.com and www.worshipingwhilewaiting.blogspot.com

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  7. Your tote looks wonderful! Love the mason jars and silverware too. =) Coming over from the Creative Home & Garden Blog Hop, and a happy new follower!

    Jeanine

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  8. How lovely! Thanks for sharing how you did it - I've got a few painting projects in mind & will definitely try your techniques :) x

    buttonsandpaint.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. Oh I LOVE what you did with this!! I think this would look great with some a flower in each jar on a table.. This is just lovely!

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  10. Wow that was a great idea. I love the finish product.

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  11. Beautifully done! Thanks for showing exactly how you did it. Linda

    http://www.craftsalamode.com/2013/07/what-to-do-weekends-29.html

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  12. Loving your tote, so cute and so handy. The graphic you made is great. Great tutorial. We make totes, trugs, tool boxes, whatever somebody wants to call them in as many different style as I can find. Hubs cuts them out hopefully to my specs. I have a problem with lettering so this is perfect for me. really appreciate any ideas I can come up with. Happy summer

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  13. I LOVE your tote! It's so rustic and gorgeous! I love the glue solution technique to create a crackle finish. Well done.

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  14. This is so cute! I would love to have this for cookouts.

    Allison

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  15. This turned out really great! I love the letters...you would never know you used a sharpie! I would love to have you share this at my blog party this week :-)
    Shawna
    http://dakotacreekchic.com/weekend-beautiful-blog-party/?fb_source=pubv1

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  16. Very nice! Thanks for sharing at my Pin Me Party!

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  17. It's July!! Time to start thinking of all those Christmas gifts to make and this would make a perfect gift for someone who loves to entertain out on the back patio!! Thanks for sharing this with us at One Sharendipity Place. This will be featured this weekend! Have a great week!

    God bless,

    Sue @ TheT2Women.com

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  18. Such a smart idea, and super cute! Yet another use for mason jars...

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  19. I love this! I just found a similar item at a thrift store for $2 so I'm hoping to upcycle it a little too... this idea is amazing! Thanks for sharing :-D I love the idea of printing the design you want and pencilling over. Pinning!

    Hannah ♫
    Sew Lah Tea Dough

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  20. This is so awesome! I always see these at goodwill and pass them up. Not this time!! :) Thank you for the awesome inspiration! This makes an awesome little mason jar tote! Pinning this!! Have a wonderful day!

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  21. This is really cute and can be used in so many different ways. Great idea:)

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  22. Great Project! I love how your flatware tote come out, so shabby and clever. If you are like me? Then you have a pile of projects to complete, Congratulations on completing this one. ;o)

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  23. Love this idea! That tote is super cute and you could use it for so many things! In case you didn't see it earlier, I featured this on my blog today! I'm stopping by to pin, and to let you know you can grab a Featured button if you don't already have one! http://practicallyfunctional.net/2013/07/10-creative-ideas-3/

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  24. That turned out really neat!!! Found you on Breaking the Rules Party! You should come share this on DIY Sunday Showcase party I co-host!! It's still open right now!! Im a new follower!

    Shelly
    minettesmaze.blogspot.com

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  25. Great idea. I like the sharpie idea too as I would mess up the paint. Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend.

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  26. Love this! What a cute idea. I have a tote that looks exactly like your original one, lol! Thanks for linking up to "Making Your Home Sing Monday" linky party! :)

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  27. Suzie at Dorothy Sue and Millie B's too

    This is so cute! I want to do this now.... You made it look like a breeze!

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  28. Very cute idea. I love that you made it your own with the graphics!

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  29. ADORABLE!! Thanks for sharing on allthingswithpurpose.com Thursday Blog Hop!!

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  30. Nice re-purpose project. I think it would be incredibly handy to have for outdoor entertaining or gardening. The added graphic art dresses it up nicely so it could just be part of the home decor too! Thanks for sharing. D@TheShadyPorch

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  31. The gang at My Personal Accent thinks your post about the Mason Jar Tote is fantastic and we would like to invite you to party with us at starting at 5:00 Thursday nights at our new Blog Strut Peacock Style Link Party to share your creative ideas. Come on over!! Mypersonalaccentdotcom

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  32. You did an amazing job!! I can't believe this was a toolbox before! I'm also really loving how you have the mason jars in it! Thanks for linking up to Thrifty Thursday!

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  33. Will pin this to my mason jar board! Love the caddy with the jars! Darling! Thank you for sharing at Give Me The Goods!

    Amber@ Dimples & Pig Tales

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  34. How cute! Great ideas here.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

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  35. Great idea!!
    I just bought four blue Mason jars at the antique mall a couple of days ago.
    I have an old wooden tote very similar to yours..... with it's original pink paint.
    I am off to see if the jars will fit in the tote!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Hugs,
    Elizabeth

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  36. Love it Connie & featuring your how to tomorrow! Thanks for sharing @DearCreatives Theresa

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  37. I Featured your Mason Jar Tote at my Weekend Beautiful Blog Party today, come by and grab a button!!
    Thanks for sharing!!
    Shawna

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  38. I love it when you can re-purpose something and make it more useful. You did a great job on the transformation, and I love how many things it can be used for now. You are today's Dare to Share Feature of the Day. Thanks so much for linking up!
    http://www.pamspartyandpracticaltips.com/2013/07/mason-jar-tote-feature-of-day.html

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  39. I love it! I have so many random jars about! Thanks for sharing-Tiffany

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  40. I love this idea! I think I will try to so something like this with the pretty blue anniversary jars. Thanks for sharing your great idea!

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  41. How cute! I love the graphic that you used. I have a large tote that I fill with blue jars and I love it! I didn't know that regular kids glue would crackle. And I use to teach Tole Painting. I crackled a lot of things in my day. Thanks for sharing it with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  42. What a perfect basket for mason jars! I love it! Thank you for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  43. What a great repurposing project! Thanks for linking up at Pin It Tuesday!

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  44. Thanks for sharing this at Dorothy Sue and Millie B's too CCC Party last week. I will be featuring it tomorrow when the new party goes live! Make sure you come grab an "I've been featured" button! Thanks and I hope you'll link up again this week!

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  45. Love this! Have shared it on G+ and am pinning it to my Jar board. Thank you for sharing at All Things Pretty!

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  46. So crafty, Connie! I loved this project! I’m Featuring YOU on VMG206 ~ Brag About It Tuesday's Linky Party from last week! We go live Monday at Midnight. So please stop by and grab a Feature Button and Link Up something new.
    I have also pinned your project to VMG206’s Brag About It Features Pinterest Board. I can't wait to see what you've been working on this week!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

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  47. Thanks so much for sharing at A Peek Into My Paradise TGIF Link Party! I just wanted to let you know I am featuring you this week. I would love for you to grab my button to add to the post or your sidebar. I would love for you to share your news of being featured on your social media. I can't wait to see what you link up next week!
    http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/
    Have a great week!
    Hugs! Cathy

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  48. Connie, that is really lovely. Thank you for linking it up with us. I will pin you up! This tute is worth keeping. Smiles, Rose

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  49. fabulous project! hope to see you on Craft Schooling Sunday once again when the party resumes this Sunday!

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